Start your master's degree as a Global Studies undergrad.

Become an effective leader in international and domestic social justice contexts. Gain the expertise to analyze social and cultural phenomena. Discover how to facilitate partnerships at different levels in higher education and other settings. These are the skills you'll focus on in our accelerated program that combines the curriculum of the undergraduate Global Studies major with the master's degree program in International Higher Education and Intercultural Relations.

As part of your Global Studies bachelor's degree, you'll explore topics like political science, economics, sociology, geography, and anthropology, among others. Add in opportunities for study abroad or internships in diverse settings. Then, build upon that foundation by continuing through our master's degree program that focuses on promoting intercultural understanding. You'll earn two degrees and be ready to engage in meaningful ways with diverse communities and across cultures.

How It Works

Our MA in International Higher Education & Intercultural Relations is a 36-credit program. By completing some graduate credits as an undergraduate student, you'll save both time and money.

  • Take 9 graduate credits in your junior and senior year, included in your undergraduate tuition.
  • Finish the 27 remaining graduate credits after senior year, at the graduate tuition rate. This includes a 3-credit domestic or international internship in your final semester.
  • Complete both degrees in about 5 years of full-time study. This is one semester faster than if you entered Lesley as a graduate student.
  • Save an additional $12,360 (12 free graduate credits) with the Lesley Dividend for a total of 58% off your graduate tuition.
  • Because this is an accelerated master's program, you'll receive your BA in Global Studies once you have completed the requirements for the undergraduate major, and you'll receive your MA in International Higher Education and Intercultural Relations once you have completed the requirements for the master's program.
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Eligibility & Applying

You must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.3 (B+) or higher to be eligible for this program.

If you're interested in the program, meet with Leela Tanikella, the Global Studies coordinator in the spring of your sophomore year. Then, apply for the graduate program by November 1 of your junior year. You'll need to write a personal statement, submit two recommendations, and complete an interview with the International Higher Education and Intercultural Relations program coordinator. If accepted into the graduate program, you'll take your first graduate course in the spring semester of your junior year. 

Leela Tanikella, Global Studies Coordinator